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Pulteneytown People’s Project (known locally as ‘PPP’ or the Pulteney Centre) was started by the local community in 2003 with the aim of creating opportunities to improve life chances, quality of life and economic well-being but now we are thirteen years down the line and we are progressing and expanding as a community centre every day.
We are a social enterprise and all profits go back into the community and the facility. We operate as a business and with your continuous support to the PPP, you are also supporting the community we serve. We are a registered company and charity with keys aims to provide services and amenities that will improve the area. We established PPP Enterprise to run alongside our PPP Charity.
Initially employing one and a half members of staff, PPP has grown over the past thirteen years and now currently provides over fifty sustainable jobs for local people. At least 7 of our current workload was unemployed prior to being recruited by us. We have good staff retention and we grow and develop our staff teams. An example of this is our Junior Management Team that we began at the start of the year. This involved taking the junior staff from all departments and having fortnightly training sessions that involved full cost recovery, risk assessments and the understanding of sustainable services.
The hard work and dedication over the years have been recognised through many awards and we have been asked to share our practices as far away as India and the USA as well as talking at conferences across Scotland. In 2016 we won the award for ‘Best Social Enterprise of the year by the Highland & Islands Enterprise. More recently, the Pulteney Centre was a finalist in the ‘Community Award’ category in the first Scottish Women’s Awards. Katrina MacNab was also a finalist in these awards for ‘Best CEO’ of the year.
The culmination of all this work has been the £3.8 million purpose-built Pulteney Centre which opened over 5 years ago in Feb 2012. Since then our services and team have grown rapidly and we now have over 1000 people using our services and facility every week.